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The Private Patient (2008)

by P. D. James

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Ponderous and too full of unhappy people . . . a necessary element of a "closed room" mystery, I realize, but also the reason I'm quitting that sub-genre. ( )
  cherilove | Sep 29, 2014 |
strange ending, i can't say i quite got what the last chapter was all about ( )
  pepe68 | Sep 4, 2014 |
It had all the good elements of a P.D. James but ultimately was not very satisfying. The mystery was well-done, I had not a clue who did it, and the characters were interesting and the writing was very good but the final wrap up left me wondering. I was not convinced that Candace acted alone, what was up with George and Helena, why did Lottie deciede to travel the world and was I supposed to care about that. I did enjoy the lovely understatement of Adam and Emma's wedding to end but I think there has to be a new Dalgliesh, this can't really end it.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
As always I was very impressed how PD James builds up her stories. It's not the murder which is the centre of the plot, it's more an addition to the stories of all characters. PD James can outline all the characters so vividly and with a great love that you can get the feeling to have met them personally and have spent some time with them. In this story a journalist who went for a plastic surgery in a Manor (also a privat clinic) has been throttled. A few days later another person was killed, too. Adam Dalgliesh and his team had to solve the puzzles. The path to solve them led Dalgliesh's team to different places and life stories. Some of them were related to each other whereas some were unrelated. The outcome was a surprise especially the murderer's action and I was happy that Dalgliesh didn't let it stand like that but was searching for answers. ( )
  Ameise1 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Sometimes interesting story that wonders off course often. The book editor failed to show up. Well read by the audio book reader. ( )
  thksport | Feb 14, 2014 |
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Somewhere along the way to its denouement “The Private Patient” loses both track of and interest in its title character. Rhoda Gradwyn’s past is of great interest to some of the book’s characters but not to the reader.
 

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This book is dedicated to
Stephen Page, publisher,
and to all my friends, old and new, at Faber and Faber
in celebration of my forty-six unbroken years
as a Faber author
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On November the 21st, the day of her forty-seventh birthday, and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon, and there is a consulting room designed, so it appeared, to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, made the decision that would lead inexorably to her death.
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There was a moment in which, not touching the scar, he scrutinised it in silence. Then he switched off the light and sat again behind the desk. His eyes on the file before him, he said, 'And you waited thirty-four years to do something about it. Why now, Miss Gradwyn?'

There was a pause, then she said, 'Because I no longer have need of it.'
She thought, ... these are my people, the upper working class merging into the middle class, that amorphous unregarded group who fought the country's wars, paid their taxes, clung to what remained of their traditions. They had lived to see their simple patriotism derided, their morality despised, their savings devalued. They caused no trouble. ... If they protested that their cities had become alien, their children taught in overcrowded schools where ninety per cent of the children spoke no English, they were lectured about the cardinal sin of racism by those more expensively and comfortably circumstanced.
This new MMC -- Modernising Medical Careers -- makes training schemes far
more rigid. House men have become foundation-year doctors -- and we all know what a mess the government have made there -- senior house officers are out,
registrars are specialist surgical trainees, and God knows how long all this will last before they think of something else, more forms to fill in, more
bureaucracy, more interference with people trying to get on with their jobs.
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Krimi. Midt i sine lykkelige bryllupsplaner bliver Adam Dalgliesh kaldt til den eksklusive privatklinik for plastikkirurgi i Dorset, hvor skandalejournalisten Rhoda Gradwyn er blevet opereret - og nu er fundet myrdet
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307270777, Hardcover)

Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and a pleasant week recuperating.

Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.

To Commander Adam Dalgliesh, who with his team is called in to investigate the case, the mystery at first seems absolute. Few things about it make sense. Yet as the detectives begin probing the lives and backgrounds of those connected with the dead woman—the surgeon, members of the manor staff, close acquaintances—suspects multiply all too rapidly. New confusions arise, including strange historical overtones of madness and a lynching 350 years in the past. Then there is a second murder, and Dalgliesh finds himself confronted by issues even more challenging than innocence or guilt.

P. D. James has gained an enviable reputation for creating detective stories of uncommon depth and intricacy, combined with the sort of humanity and perceptiveness found only in the finest novelists. The Private Patient ranks among her very best.

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Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a murder at a private nursing home for rich patients being treated by the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell.

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